Swan Hill Rural City Council is pleased to see the addition of a new silo art installation at the Graincorp site in Lake Boga.
Council’s Mayor, Les McPhee said the mural showcased the historic Catalina aircraft and renowned aviator George Urquhart “Scotty” Allan.
“Set against a picturesque Lake Boga sunset, the artwork portrays the region’s history and environment, while also highlighting the various recreational activities like water skiing and sailing, along with a prominent pelican,” he said.
Cr McPhee said the artwork was a great way to showcase the impressive history of Lake Boga.
“Lake Boga was chosen to become an important air base for Australia’s fleet of Catalina during World War Two. The small town was chosen because of its isolation and its position hundreds of kilometres from potential sea-launched bombing raids.
“The mural complements the region and will promote the area’s history and of course, the Catalina Flying Boat Museum to visitors coming to our region,” he added.
Cr McPhee said artwork completed by talented artist Tim Bowtell.
“Tim is renowned for his use of large-scale canvas, like the silo’s, to tell stories about townships and communities,” he said.
Cr McPhee extended his thanks and congratulations to all those involved in bringing this project to life.
“Large-scale projects like this need a team of dedicated and skilled people, behind the scenes. Several stakeholders have been involved including Lake Boga Incorporated Graincorp, Victrack, Vline, Department of Transport, Council officers and of course the community.
“Well done to all those involved,” Cr McPhee said.
The project was funded by Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal (FRRR) in partnership with Council.